Cottageville station sells $1 million stub, again

By Eric

COTTAGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- What does it take to make it as a millionaire? It could have something to do with where you buy the ticket. A Cottageville gas station sold a $1 million Powerball ticket over the weekend.

The question is, who's collecting the cool million? At the moment, nobody knows.

The odds of winning $1 million are{}about{}1 in{}5 million. But perhaps they start to get better if you play the Powerball at the Cottageville BP.

"Maybe we're the lucky store," said store clerk Brittany Bravham.

Bravham was working Saturday night, the night the lucky stub was sold. So speaking of odds, chances are she saw the big winner. It was either her or one other worker who made the sale.

Bravham wants to know who it was: was it someone locally or just driving through town? She said she took a call from an unknown man claiming to be the new millionaire.

"He just said, 'Is this Cottageville BP?' And I said, 'Yeah,'" Bravham said. "He said, 'Are you sure you didn't win the million, or have someone win the million?' I said, 'I'm sure, I haven't heard anything.' And he said, 'Well, I'm your million-dollar winner.'"

It would make sense they sell chicken dinners -- winner, winner chicken dinner -- at the Cottageville station because it's not the first time they sold a million-dollar ticket winner. According to Bravham, eight months ago her shop sold a $1 million Mega Millions ticket.

As you might expect the store is gaining some popularity.

"The first time we won, we got a lot more business; it picked up tremendously," she said.

The Powerball ticket matched all five white Powerball numbers. It was one of more than 40,000 winners in the state.

Who owns the $1 million lottery prize, for now, remains a mystery.

"We always get the ones that say, 'Well if we win we'll let you know,'" Bravham said.

We'll see.

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